Lane Cove Local Identity – Artist Hans Hallen

hans hallen

Lane Cove is packed full of creative and artistic people and we would like to introduce you to another Lane Cove Creative.  Let us introduce you to local artist Hans Hallen.  We first heard about Hans when we published a post about the beautiful Jacarandas in Greenwich.  Hans’ wife sent us in a picture Hans had painted showcasing the beautiful trees (see below).


Hans was born in South Africa of Norwegian parents. After studying at the University of Natal and then the Architectural Association in London, Hans had a thriving architectural practice in South Africa and was a council member of the International Union of Architects.

He migrated to Australia in 1987 and, after retiring from architectural practice, took up his great love of painting as a new career.

Irises – oil on canvas

We asked Hans a few questions about his work, and living in the Lane Cove Area.

When did you first start painting?

As a child, but more seriously when I retired.

How long have you lived in Greenwich?

I moved to Australia in 1987, from South Africa.  I moved to Greenwich and have lived here ever since.

Why did you decide to move to Australia?

We like Australia and Australians

Why do you like living in Lane Cove/Greenwich?

Easy access to amenities we look for in Sydney…church, theatre, Opera, the harbour.

What is your favourite thing to do in Lane Cove/Greenwich?

Painting at Mann’s Point

golden sunset
Golden Sunset over the Lane Cove River

What are your favourite things/subject to paint?

The landscape around me, especially Sydney Harbour.

Where can people see your art displayed?


What is your favourite medium?

Watercolours and acrylic on canvas.

What inspires you the most?

The rich views from Greenwich.


Lane cove river
Lane Cove River from Greenwich – oil on canvas


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